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The 29 Best Remixes of 2009

I don’t know about you but 2009 was the year I fell in live with remixes. Starting TBE opened up my world to so many amazing reinterpretations of both great and not so great songs. Having always been more of a cover song guy this was new territory for me but I dove in headfirst and have been enjoying the ride so far. Good music is a personal thing and messing with great music is even more so. This is very much a subjective list and is based on nothing besides how much I love and respect the work done. Oh, and the numbering system is pretty much bullshit but I had to put them in some kind of order. Anyway, enjoy. I certainly have.

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«Flashback« Soundgarden – Spoonman / Black Hole Sun

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♫ Soundgarden – Spoonman / 1994

As you may have heard, Soundgarden are reuniting. What is crazy about the whole thing is how little I have thought of (or listened to) them in the 12 (!?) years since they broke up. And I guess I never realized that they only had one album after their 1994 breakthrough Superunknown. Anyway, enough about the shit I didn’t know. What I do know is that “Spoonman” is still as much of a jam as it was 15 years ago and that the opening chords of “Black Hole Sun” instantly transport me back to middle school. I was never a huge Soundgarden fan but always got down with “Spoonman” on the radio and the weird ass “Black Hole Sun” video on MTV. It is weird to think that before today I had never actually chosen to listen to either of these songs yet I know them so well that I can rock along with them no problem. They were so ingrained in me during my adolescence that I will probably die having heard these songs more times then my favorite song of 2009. That era of radio just doesn’t exist anymore and it’s crazy to think about since KROQ was pretty much my best friend growing up. Yes, we now have the power to choose our own niche musical identity but there is really something beautiful in knowing that you are listening to the same jam at the same moment as thousands of other people. Anyway, some food for thought as we enter this new decade and The 90s officially becomes the Flashback era of today.

♫ Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun / 1994

Also crazy that these guys broke up so long ago that they don’t have a MySpace (that I could find). Not even a bullshit placeholder one. Just fan sites. Crazy.

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Michael Jackson Remembered: Remixes, covers, and memories of the King Of Pop

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Every so often an event comes along that is so powerful/epic/moving/tragic people never forget where they were when it happened/they heard. JFK’s assassination is one. 9/11 is another. I have a feeling that news of Michael Jackson’s death might be another for many. Nobody I can think of has affected as many people around the world. Over the past 2 weeks we have seen and heard a lot of tributes to MJ and today I wanted to give mine. I’ve gathered some of my favorite MJ remixes and covers here and will mix in a few memories of my own as they relate to Michael.

Don Diablo – Song for MJ (Remember The Time)

My first concert ever was a Michael Jackson Concert. It was just me an my dad at The Great Western Forum and I was probably about 6 so I’m guessing it was the Bad tour. I was too young to really know what I was seeing but it definitely made an impact. My memory is hazy but I know my dad and I stood at the railing, my earplugs in place, and I just stared at the stage.

The Hood Internet – Billie “Wildcat” Jean (Michael Jackson vs Ratatat)

“Beat It” get the Weird Al treatment and “Eat It” pushes MJ further into my consciousness although I am still more familiar with him as a celebrity than I am with his music.

Richard Cheese & The Lounge Against The Machine – Beat It

Fall Out Boy ft. John Mayer – Beat It

Dangerous is released. I am 9 years old. This is epic. “Black or White” spawns a million playground jokes about his skin color. My friend Brian has a “Black or White” parody on their answering machine. Something about how anyone can leave a message, it don’t mater if you are… well you get it. Awesome.

James Morrison – Man In The Mirror

All the child molestation stuff comes out and I guess I just assumed he was “Wacko Jacko” and had been getting pervy with kids. A kid in my class says he knows one of the boys suing MJ. Coming from this kid the whole thing now seems less credible. But what do I care, I just drive by Neverland, I don’t sleep there.

Alicia Keys – Human Nature (Michael Jackson Cover)

MJ’s marriage to Lisa Marie Presley furthers my opinion of him as a weirdo. To me he is still more of a joke than a legend. Second marriage to that weird lady doesn’t help.

Ben Gibbard – Thriller (live)

Alien Ant Farm cover “Smooth Criminal” and it takes me over. Every time it comes on KROQ I crank it and rock out to the max. I am inspired to go back and give MJ chance as an artist, not just as “wacko Jacko.”

Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (LAZRtag remix)

“Billie Jean” becomes my go-to MJ song and I realize that if he can create a perfect song like that then he is clearly more than just tabloid fodder. More and more of his songs make their way into mu iTunes.

Chris Cornell – Billie Jean (Live)

I see the Jackson 5 tribute show at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The highlight of the night is MJ’s performance. He is just breathtaking to see perform live. He makes it through only a few songs before a split seam up his backside sends him offstage. Whatever, it was epic. The date was September 10th, 2001. The next morning I am unknowingly on the last train out of the city as I head back to campus. Thoughts of the show are quickly overshadowed but I can still remember how amazing it was to see him move.

Rockwell (feat. Michael Jackson) – Watching Me (After Midnight Bootleg)

The Martin Bashir interviews air and it is clear that MJ is just a boy trapped in a man’s body. A boy who never had a childhood and never grew up. Suddenly his “molestation” incidents seem much more like innocent child’s play than anything predatory. He just has so much love for the world and never learned how to show it. I feel for him.

Erykah Badu & The Roots – I Wanna Be Where You Are (Michael Jackson Cover)

I am walking to get dinner in San Francisco with my friend Joe and we are catching up on old times when he suddenly interrupts me to blurt out that “The King Of Pop is dead.” I am stunned. Stunned that he is dead and stunned that he was 50. It was just 8 years ago that I had seen him dance, and I mean DANCE! Wow. What an amazing man. You gave the world so much and it rarely repaid you. You deserved better. I hope you know how much love the we all have for you. May you finally find peace.

Michael Jackson & Bag Raiders – You Are Not Alone (VIKING & CJ Milli Shooting Stars Tribute)

TBE Exclusive! DJ be and the Slow Burn Summer mix

Big moves are being made over at TBE HQ and one of them is this, The Slow Burn Summer mix, our first DJ mix by local favorite “DJ be” who was kind enough to blend up a fresh-to-death 60 minutes of straight fire. Put in on your iPod, cell phone, CDR, or whatever and then slip on your shimmy-shoes.

The mix is a single file because this thing is too fresh to be skipping tracks. I have, however, embedded a timecoded track-list in the lyrics section of the ID3 tag so you can at least know where you are at (or jump to your favorite part, if necessary). Let me know what you think of this method.

Download DJ be’s Slow Burn Summer Mix

Track list after the jump…

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Remix Roundup! ∞ Vol. 1

Yo, for real, it’s the weekend and its time to shake your moneymaker (not implying y’all are strippers or whatever). I stumble across a ton of awesome remixes as I surf this information ether-highway of ours. I don’t like giving them dedicated posts cause 1) not everyone is super into remixes and 2) I don’t want to dilute the attention that should be given to new artists. You feel me? I knew you would. So anyway, I am starting another new feature at TBE where I round up some of the sweetest remixes of late and toss ’em at you without any of the usual garnish you find in a normal post. Who knows how often I’ll do it but they wont all be this big, I just had a lot of goodies to share. Anyway, listen, love, download, dance! Just do it after the jump.

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